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The Mission

At Access Design Studio, our mission is twofold:

We are the hospitality industry’s accessibility ally. We share your passion for delivering incomparable guest experiences, to everyone, of every ability, at every touch-point. And we believe that lowering barriers should be an easy, stress-free process for you.

We’re also an advocate for people with disabilities. Everyone deserves access to the experiences that make life rich and vibrant, which is why part of our proceeds support RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America).

The Difference

Some firms specialize in hospitality. Others specialize in accessibility. Only Access Design Studio specializes in both.

With 20+ years of experience as a web development agency, we understand the nuances of the hospitality industry, and how to bring your unique offerings to people of all abilities.

We also know that you can’t entrust your site’s inclusion to some algorithm or plug-in. That won’t bring you the level of access—or shielding from potential lawsuits—that only a dedicated team of experts can.

Denise Pane and her brother Curtis

The Reason

Access Design Studio CEO & Founder, Denise Páne, has spent her entire life as an advocate for people with disabilities. The reason is her brother, who has epilepsy and is developmentally delayed. The deep love their family shares for each other has made disability advocacy a natural course for Denise.

During the Covid pandemic, Denise found herself disconnected from people, places, and activity. “In those 14 months,” she recalls, “I learned firsthand what people with varying abilities face every day of their lives because the web is largely inaccessible to them so they can't buy that ticket to the theater or RSVP for the art opening. And I realized I had everything needed to change that.” This epiphany was the impetus for Access Design Studio.

Denise is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and the World Wide Web Consortium.

The Team

Access Design Studio brings to your project a unique, and uniquely qualified team of design and online-accessibility experts. We are WCAG 2.1 AA certified and Online ADA Accredited.

We maintain our own internal Accessibility Advisory Board, composed of individuals of varying abilities who provide testing and first-person feedback on the work we perform.

Recognitions

W3C member logo
IAAP logo
Online ADA expert accredited batch
Access Design Studio Accessibility Badge

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